February 2014

Found 28 blog entries for February 2014.

When you're looking around for a new home one of your main considerations is going to be the size of the house. While there are a lot of different kinds of homes that are available in Calgary, we are going to take a look at 2 common ones to compare the sizes of each.

Single-family detached homes

A lot of the detached homes that have been designed for a single family in Calgary usually have 2 to 3 bedrooms and are commonly 1,200 to 1,700 ft.² in size. In most cases you'll be able to park in front of the house and you'll be able to sit back on your front porch and read the newspaper on warm summer evenings.

These detached homes often have a garage that is separate from the main house so you’ll have to be prepared to walk outside to get to your car.

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A vehicle and pedestrian collision map has been developed showing the hot spots in the city that are the most dangerous. Pedestrians can now find out where the most collision-oriented intersections are in Calgary. An engineer in the city, Justin Jones, has studied the areas where the most vehicle/pedestrian collisions have taken place. The research included 2 years of collisions that took place from 1996 through to 2012 and the data was taken from Calgary Police statistics.

Mr. Jones has put together a map showing the collision areas and it highlights the intersections that have had more than their fair share of accidents throughout the years. The areas that have seen the most collisions between vehicles and pedestrians are as follows:

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Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/calgaryreviews/5968981350/Food Trucks will soon be taking to the Calgary streets again and residents will have their choice of about 39 different food trucks throughout the area. However, not all of the trucks can make the list of the best in Calgary. Here are some of the top choices to try this year.

Steakout

You can typically find Steak Bites at the Mountain Equipment Co-op. they provide some of the best steak bites in the city and an Asian aioli for dimming, which is excellent.

Twitter - @SteakOutTruck

Jelly Modern Doughnuts

If you love a great doughnut, this is the truck for you. They actually call it the "Jelly Van" and the doughnuts include unique flavours, such as salted caramel and marshmallow S'more.

Twitter - @JellyModern

JoJo's BBQ

Some have said JoJo's

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If you've been looking for a way to save up enough money for a new home in Calgary, here's a creative idea you may like. It involves teaming up with seniors in your area to give them a hand with small odd jobs that need to get done.

There are thousands of seniors across Calgary that are constantly looking for some help with things around the house. Even if you don't consider yourself to be a handyman there are certainly some things that you can do to help out.

An older woman may need help putting up an air conditioner. She is tired of calling on her daughter and son-in-law to come and give her a hand. Plus, they are only available on weekends. A senior needs help moving a large piece of furniture from one room to another. You can probably help out

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Calgary housing remains affordable even though the price of homes continues to rise. This city is one of the only Canadian markets where the conditions for affordability are better than they have been in the past. This is according to the Housing Trends and Affordability Report that was released this week by RBC Economics Research. The report shows the affordability factor of purchasing a home based on figures taken from the last quarter of 2013.

Despite the growing prices in Calgary, homes remain within reason. The affordability measures set out by RBC take household incomes before taxes into account to determine how much it would take to cover the mortgage payments, utilities and property taxes. Here in the city, houses remain affordable due to the

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Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kitonlove/3609964466/#Stephen Avenue has another new restaurant and it has taken over the heritage Bank of Nova Scotia building. This 5,000 square foot building provides the home for The Bank & Baron P.U.B.

This is certainly not the first restaurant or bar take over this space. It was one the home of the Cha Cha Palace and The Bank Nightclub. The new restaurant is a part of the TMAC Pub and Restaurant Group. They already have seven other locations in Calgary, which include the Kilt and Caber Ale House, Belfry and the King's Head.

The group actually discovered the space by accident, while looking for a different type of space on Stephen Avenue. It took a little work to track down the landlord and the current tenant, but once the group found them, a deal was quickly struck.

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During the last 10 years the focus on housing in the Calgary area has been more or less on adding single-family homes to the inventory. Recently, however, there has been a gradual increase in the number of starts for multi-family homes in the city. This is good news for anyone that wants to own a home and get out of the rental market. An increase in the number of condos, townhomes and duplexes will mean more choice for aspiring home owners.

Multi-family housing offers an affordable option for people that can't afford the down payment or the monthly mortgage payments on a home designed for a single-family. As Calgary continues to become more populated, we’ll need to handle the growing need for affordable housing here in Calgary proper and in the

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In January, Alberta consumer prices were some of the highest in Canada and rose higher than the national average. In fact, these provincial prices were the highest that have been seen during the last two years.

On Friday the Consumer Price Index was released by Statistics Canada and showed that overall prices in Alberta went up .6% last month when compared to the prices in December of 2013. On a year-over-year basis, prices went up by 2.7%.

The Alberta monthly spike in prices was the highest in the country along with the increases seen in Manitoba and Nova Scotia. On an annual basis, Prince Edward Island had the highest increase of 3.2%.

Consumer Price Index in Calgary

Here in Calgary, prices went up 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. On a

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If you’re planning on selling your home this year, you may want to think about adding some feng shui features to it if you haven't already. This is a Chinese practice that helps to make a home more inviting and appealing. It's basically what home stagers do but it is brought to a different level.

Of course, feng shui won't be able to get your home sold all on its own and you’ll need to have the right real estate basics in place as a solid foundation. What feng shui can do, according to believers in this old Chinese practice, is open up the positive energy flows in your home to allow for a quicker sale.

Here are some of the things you can do to make your home more feng shui -friendly without having to delve into all of the exact techniques of the

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Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterkaminski/14113473/It seems as if a new restaurant opens in Calgary about every week. With all these new choices, it's easy to forget about some of the best places that have been around for years. Niko's Bistro fits into that category and provides some of the best Italian cuisine in the city.

Some have said that owner Niko Miletic makes the best calamari in the city and maybe even in all of Canada. You will also find Italian sausage made in-house here and plenty of other homemade options for your dining experience.

Niko's Bistro opened back in 2006 and has been providing the Kensington area with excellent food ever since. The dining room is very intimate, which makes it a great choice for a romantic date. However, they do provide plenty of room if you have a bit of a

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